Breast Reduction

(Sagging and Excess Volume in Breast Tissue)

The excess volume and sagging caused by excessive growth in the breasts disrupt the patient’s comfort and health. The discomforts include muscle strains in the back and neck caused by the breasts, positional changes, headache, shoulder pain, collapse of the shoulder because of bra straps, chronic chest pain, problems with personal hygiene, not being able to participate in sports activities, deterioration of clothing comfort, restriction in social life. Breast tissues stretch due to births, lactation, excessive weight gain and loss, and gravity etc., resulting in sagging. When correcting such deformities, the volume of the breast tissue and the sagging of the nipple downwards are important.

Due to the reasons mentioned above, deformed breasts with increased volume need to be reshaped. The technique to be applied varies depending on the excess volume in the breasts. Depending on the technique applied, the breastfeeding functions and nipple sensitivity of the patients are also affected to varying degrees.

The main approach in these surgeries is to leave the least surgical scarring in the breasts and to achieve the maximum shape formation. Therefore, preoperative breast measurements should be made very well and surgery drawings should be planned very well. This stage is as important as surgery itself for the surgical result to be achieved. The surgical procedure takes approximately 2.5-3.5 hours, and the excess breast and skin tissues of the patient are removed and the breast is reshaped.


There are Three Types of Scarring Resulting from the Surgery

  • Periareolar technique: limited scarring around the areola.
  • Vertical technique: A fine scar around the areola and a fine scar extending down to the inframammary fold.
  • Inferior-Central Techniques: There may be a scar around the areola, as well as a scar extending down to the inframammary fold, which may also involve a part of the inframammary fold. All these scars will fade over time (8-12 months), depending on your wound healing, and will become less noticeable (Depending on the reaction of the body, the scars can sometimes turn into noticeable and persistent scars). 

After the Surgery

The day after breast reduction surgery, the dressings are changed. A slightly smaller dressing is applied. The patient will have dressing changes and controls every 3-4 days for two weeks. 4-6 days after the operation, a special soft bra that covers the entire breasts is put on. The patient can return to work and daily life after day 14. There is no need to remove the stitches after the surgery as self-absorbing stitches are used. Strenuous exercises should be avoided for 4-6 weeks, and a special type of bra should be used for the recommended period.

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